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Bill from West Nova MP to make Remembrance Day federal holiday passes in House of Commons

West Nova MP Colin Fraser and Sainte-Anne president and vice-chancellor Allister Surette shake hands as $440,000 in federal funding is announced for the university’s library.
West Nova MP Colin Fraser and Sainte-Anne president and vice-chancellor Allister Surette shake hands as $440,000 in federal funding is announced for the university’s library.

DIGBY, NS – West Nova Member of Parliament Colin Fraser has passed a bill making Remembrance Day a federal legal holiday.

The Private Members Bill C-311, officially titled An Act to Amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day), was passed June 21 in Ottawa.

Members from Liberal, Conservative and NDP parties voted in support of it. The bill was passed by a vote of 205-76  

Before the bill was passed, Remembrance Day was a recognized holiday in every province except Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia, although Nova Scotia and Manitoba do have regulations regarding business openings on Nov. 11.

“Parliament … has a unique opportunity to demonstrate leadership and reaffirm its commitment to November 11 as a solemn day of remembrance in Canada,” said Fraser via a press release.

Several members of parliament also recognized for his commitment to Canada’s veterans and currently serves as a member of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs.

The bill is now heading to the Senate, where it will once again be deliberated.

“[I] will be following its deliberations with great interest,” said Fraser via press release.

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